This M.Y. question explains the meaning of 2 common acronyms that appear on tefillin cases (the storage boxes that the tefillin are put into.) (see pictures below)

When did this minhag begin? Why are these abbreviations placed on the tefillin boxes, in particular?side 1side 2side 3

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    Most newer tefillin boxes I've seen don't have abbreviations. Mine say מי כעמך ישראל גוי אחד בארץ and others I've seen read וקשרתם… וכתבתם. Dec 29, 2016 at 17:29
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    I assume those who use acronyms do so due to limited space on the boxes
    – Double AA
    Dec 29, 2016 at 17:33
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    @NoachMiFrankfurt These acronyms tend to be on red tefillin boxes. I haven't seen these in a while, myself. My boxes are quite plain - has just pictures of what look like Yerushalayim. I'll see if I can upload a pic of these boxes, eventually. I haven't seen the writing that you describe on anything. The Mi ke'amcha is a nice one and I think it's based on Talmud Brachot that states that these are the words written on G-d's tefillin.
    – DanF
    Dec 29, 2016 at 17:33
  • I'm not quite sure what it means, but this amazon listing says these are "old style" boxes: amazon.com/Millimeter-Plastic-Tefillin-Handend-Included/dp/…
    – Menachem
    Dec 29, 2016 at 23:46
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    @Menachem Thanks so much for uploading the pics! OMG they must be joking - $24 + shipping for just the cases???
    – DanF
    Dec 30, 2016 at 3:35


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